Yes, you can make your own puff pastry (when the Daring Bakers tell you to)

September 27th, 2009  |  59 Comments

What is it about puff pastry? The mere mention of it sends shivers down every baker’s spine. Could it be the knowledge that it has 944 microscopic layers of dough and butter, which seem to break all laws of physics? You look down at your own two hands and think, “These two hands? All by […]


The Rain in Spain

September 22nd, 2009  |  18 Comments

I know how much you all clamor to see other people’s vacation photos. Since I have your rapt attention, here are the best of what I could cobble together of our recent trip to Madrid and Barcelona. Most days we left our hotel room for fourteen hour stretches and I didn’t feel like lugging the […]


Orange Lace Cookies

September 18th, 2009  |  35 Comments

They kind of look like potato chips, don’t they? They really are impossibly delicate. Scott saw these all strewn about the table and his immediate urge was to smash them with his fist. Is there something about these that tap into man’s desire to go to war? Against a lace cookie? An easily conquerable foe, […]


Chocolate Sorbet

September 14th, 2009  |  29 Comments

You’ll probably want to throw tomatoes at me for saying this, but I don’t like frozen chocolate anything. Not chocolate ice cream, not sorbet, not frozen parfait, nuthin’. I’ve always preferred fruit flavors in my freezer. I don’t have a good explanation, but could theoretically defend myself by saying chocolate flavors are best and most […]


A little something for you

September 9th, 2009  |  40 Comments

I apologize in advance. I’m about to get someone hooked on this excellent dark chocolate. Here are 5 bars, totaling 13 oz, which should be enough for most recipes and some nibbling on the side. Since I’ve been carrying on so much about Valrhona, I figured it would be a great first giveaway. It’s a […]